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Lawrence Hill
Author: Book of Negroes, The Illegal
October 19, 2015, 7:30pm

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Wade Davis
Photographer/ Author/ Filmmaker/ Ethnobiologist
February 11, 2016, 7:00pm

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Arts Matter- Langley Fine Arts Artist Series



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The arts are a way to celebrate life.

The Arts Matter lecture series invites Canadian artists to share their arts and experiences with Fraser Valley communities. Now, in the fifth season, the organizers are honored and excited to welcome author, Lawrence Hill, and ethnologist, explorer, National Geographic photographer, author, filmmaker, Wade Davis to the Chief Sepass Theatre at the Langley Fine Arts School.

During the day, Langley Fine Art School students will have access to the artists during workshop presentations, artist critiques, and/or class seminars. In the same evening, the featured artist will present their ideas to the community, all are welcome to attend. Each evening presentation will open with Langley Fine Art School student performances with the speaker to follow. There will be a question and answer period to conclude the event.

Tickets for Lawrence Hill and Wade Davis are available online or can be purchased at Wendel's Bookstore and in the Langley Fine Arts School Office. For more information, please call 604-888-3113.

The Arts Matter Lecture Series is to bring the arts to the community to celebrate the arts and promote arts education.

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Arts Matter   Artist Series October 19, 2015  

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Lawrence Hill- October 19, 2015
Author: Book of Negroes, The Illegal


Best known for the Book of Negroes, and his newest book The Illegal.

HillLawrence Hill is the son of American immigrants — a black father and a white mother — who came to Canada the day after they married in 1953 in Washington, D.C. Growing up in the predominantly white suburb of Don Mills, Ontario in the sixties, Hill was greatly influenced by his parents’ work in the human rights movement. Much of Hill’s writing touches on issues of identity and belonging.

Hill is the author of ten books. His 2007 novel The Book of Negroes (also published as Someone Knows My Name and Aminata) won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book and both CBC Radio’s Canada Reads and Radio-Canada’s Combat des livres. In 2013, Hill wrote the non-fiction books Blood: The Stuff of Life (which formed the basis of his 2013 Massey Lectures) and Dear Sir, I Intend to Burn Your Book: An Anatomy of a Book Burning. Along with director Clement Virgo, he co-wrote a six-part television miniseries based on The Book of Negroes, which appeared on CBC TV in Canada and on BET in the USA in early 2015. His fourth novel, The Illegal, was published by HarperCollins Canada in 2015 and will be released by WW Norton & Co. in the United States in January, 2016.

Lawrence Hill Links:
http://lawrencehill.com/
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-2013-cbc-massey-lectures-blood-the-stuff-of-life

http://lawrencehill.com/blood-the-stuff-of-life/
http://www.cbc.ca/bookofnegroes/
http://lawrencehill.com/the-book-of-negroes/
http://lawrencehill.com/dear-sir-i-intend-to-burn-your-book/



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Arts Matter   Artist Series February 11, 2016  

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Wade Davis- February 11, 2016
Photographer/ Author/ Filmmaker/ Ethnobiologist / Explorer


Multi award winning author, explorer, ethnobotanist, National Geographic Photographer.

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Wade Davis is Professor of Anthropology and the BC Leadership Chair in Cultures and Ecosystems at Risk at the University of British Columbia. Between 1999 and 2013 he served as Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society and is currently a member of the NGS Explorers Council. Named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”

An ethnographer, writer, photographer and filmmaker, Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among fifteen indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations while making some 6000 botanical collections. His work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies, an assignment that led to his writing The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), an international best seller later released by Universal as a motion picture. In recent years his work has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia and the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland. He is the recipient of 11 honorary degrees.

Davis is the author of 250 scientific and popular articles and 17 books including One River (1996), The Wayfinders (2009), The Sacred Headwaters (2011), Into the Silence (2011) and River Notes (2012). His photographs have been widely exhibited and have appeared in 30 books and 100 magazines, including National Geographic, Time, Geo, People, Men’s Journal, and Outside. He was the co-curator of The Lost Amazon: The Photographic Journey of Richard Evans Schultes, first exhibited at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and currently touring Latin America. In 2012 he served as guest curator of No Strangers: Ancient Wisdom in the Modern World, an exhibit at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.

His many film credits include Light at the Edge of the World, an eight-hour documentary series written and produced for the National Geographic. In 2009 he received the Gold Medal from the Royal Canadian Geographical Society for his contributions to anthropology and conservation, and he is the 2011 recipient of the Explorers Medal, the highest award of the Explorers’ Club, and the 2012 David Fairchild Medal for Plant Exploration. His book, Into the Silence, received the 2012 Samuel Johnson prize, the top award for literary nonfiction in the English language. In 2015 he received the Centennial Medal from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University. A professional speaker for 25 years, Davis has lectured at over 200 universities and 250 corporations and professional associations. In 2009 he delivered the CBC Massey Lectures. He has spoken from the main stage at TED five times, and his three posted talks have been viewed by 3 million. His books have appeared in 19 languages and sold approximately one million copies.

Wade Davis Links:
http://www.daviswade.com/
http://annenbergphotospace.org/exhibits/no-strangers
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/explorers/bios/wade-davis/
http://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-2009-cbc-massey-lectures-the-wayfinders-why-ancient-wisdom-matters-in-the-modern-world-1.2946883
https://www.ted.com/speakers/wade_davis
http://www.sacredheadwaters.com/



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